Following don Diego de Vargas's military reconquest of New Mexico in 1692-93, he immediately began to recruit settlers. One of Vargas's key aides, Juan Páez Hurtado, traveled to Zacatecas, Mexico, where early in 1695 he reported enlisting forty-six families and departed on a three-month journey to Santa Fe. Two years later, early in 1697, the now disgruntled and disillusioned colonists denounced both Vargas and Páez Hurtado to Spanish officials listing a host of irregularities.
Fraud did indeed occur. This unusual work of historical and financial sleuthing shows that Páez Hurtado shuffled his recruits to maximize the enlistment allowances. In placing people together in contrived families, he assigned single persons to be mates and created whole new families by placing children with adults they had never seen previously. These ruses enabled him to embezzle about half the money for his expedition.
This is the first full account of the Páez Hurtado expedition. Many of the colonists in the group became founding members of the most significant families in New Mexico's history.
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John B. Colligan, a retired business executive living in Las Cruces, is a descendant of one of the families in the Páez Hurtado expedition.Review:
"To unravel the knot of these families is historical detective work of the highest order." -- John L. Kessell, The Vargas Project
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Book Description University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. 6 x 9 size. Bookseller Inventory # 000062
Book Description Univ of New Mexico Pr, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110826316360